If you’re like me, you rely on movies, TV shows, and other forms of pop culture for Halloween costume inspiration. So allow me to share some of the best ideas I’ve come across this spooktacular season, all inspired by 2011 films.
“Driver,” Ryan Gosling’s character from Drive
Gosling can officially cross an item off of his Bucket List: he’s now played a character that everyone wants to be for Halloween. (He mentioned this was a personal goal of his when making the late-night rounds to promote Drive). The bad news is that if you want to be Driver, you’re going to have to get creative—a replica of the scorpion jacket the getaway guy’s hardly ever without isn’t available until AFTER October 31. (Talk about a missed merchandising opportunity!)
You’ll also need dark, slim-fit jeans, driving gloves, a hammer or one of the other random weapons used in the film, and, of course, the “Handsome Guy” mask (for a mere $810!) to whip on when people least expect it. Bonus points if you: 1) actually drive yourself to and from Halloween parties in one of the cars from the film, and/or 2) hook up an unseen iPod to your person in order to blast the movie’s killer soundtrack wherever you go.
One of the Bridesmaids
Ladies, I have some good news for you. That horrific bright pink bridesmaid dress you wore to your friend’s wedding a few years ago can be put to use once again. It just needs to look remotely like the get-up to the left and you’re good to go.
If you want to take things a step further and convince a bunch of your friends to wear similar dresses so you can roll as a crew, all the better. May I suggest drawing straws for who gets to play Maya Rudolph’s character?
Just know that if you attempt to go the group costume route, then you pretty much HAVE to choreograph a dance to Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On” because everyone will be expecting it! (I wouldn’t advise you to try and contract food poisoning from a seedy “champagne brunch” establishment earlier in the day, however.)
Forget Spidey, Batman, Iron Man, or any of the other movie superheroes of the recent past. In 2011 you gotta stick with the newest members of the silver-screen club: Green Lantern, Captain America, and Thor. If you’ve got long blond hair and look like one of your parents could have been a giant, then the God of Thunder‘s a no-brainer. If you’re a scrawny dude, then you can easily pull of Steve Rogers, pre-super-soldier injection. Otherwise go for the full Captain America costume. You know you always wanted to wield a shield! And if you just can’t get enough of the color green and want to up your odds of attracting Blake Lively lookalikes, then obviously Green Lantern is your best bet.
OK, so I admit that only a special kind of gal will be able to pull this one off. She’s gotta be skinny and pale as all get-out, have jet-black hair (or be dye-willing), sport lots of piercings and ideally a big ol’ dragon tattoo on her back. If you meet those requirements and also happen to own a lot of leather, black boots, and a scooter, then you are golden!
Guys who are fans of the film and want to be lazy can just throw on a trench coat, look as paranoid, tired and disturbed as possible while attempting a Swedish accent and then call themselves Mikael Blomkvist.
Are none of these ideas floating your boat?
OK, then here are a few more options from both recent movies and favorite films from the past:
- Smurfette from The Smurfs
- Sloth from The Goonies
- The Dude from The Big Lebowski
- For the kids! Rapunzel from Tangled or one of the Autobots or Deceptions from the Transformers trilogy
- The Karate Kid from, uh, The Karate Kid
What’s the best film-inspired Halloween costume you’ve ever heard of… or seen… or worn?